Originally posted by BRussellHere's a book review of another book I mentioned above. There's also a link to the first chapter of the book itself. The author of the book is a real critic of the socialization approach to child psychology, so, from your comments in this thread, I think you'll disagree with most of her stuff. But the review itself is fair.
Here's a quickie review of behavioral genetics.
I'm fully willing to accept the notion that your genes define the perimeters of who you are. Like other physical factors do.
I'm left-handed, which means I normally have a better perception of space than right-handed people. We know from statistics that a higher percentage of left-handed people end up doing architectural work than normal. But most architects are are still right-handed.
I know I'm genetically disposed to acquiring dementia at young age, as I have it in my family. I know that will affect my personality if I should be unlucky enough to get it, but then again, that would be a disease, right. You can get it without being genetically disposed to.
Where people draw the line between green and blue, or if they don't see red is ofcourse a physical factor that affects peoples daily life. But if my genes in any way influence me in my daily choices, I still hold that my personal experiences count a million times more.
From the book-review, I read that her point seems to be that peer pressure affects our personality more than parenting. Which is totally acceptable to me and has nothing to do with genes.
I'm also fully willing to accept that genes are a factor, but when people like the Jerome Keagan says "half is genes", I have to laugh, because to measure such a thing would be an enormous feat. There is simply no way of saying where to switching-point between parental influence and genetic predisposition is. Like I said personality is not measurable like a disease.
People with ADHD will tell you that they ended up finding their own way of handeling their disorder by relating it thing in their environment, they end up just as diverse as other people. You can find behavioral patterns that are simmilar, sure.
I have my kid part time. She is of course the same, but also a very different person each time she has spent a week with me, then what she was when she came from her mother. She uses different words, choses different clothes and so on. I know that is not statistical material, but from personal experience I'm pretty convinced that I have a major impact on how her personality is developing.
And as a final note, isn't it just typical, from the way I argue, that I have a father in sociology? I havn't been to university a day in my life (I'm educated in arts), but still here I am, arguing like I've been taught.